Spanning Blog

Welcome to our blog featuring thought leadership and best practices on SaaS backup and recovery, data protection and security, and regular product updates for Spanning Backup for Office 365, G Suite, and Salesforce.

Key Development Skills for IT Pros

Matthew McDermott joins Jeremy Thake in the Microsoft 365 Developer Podcast to talk about the IT Pro journey and how they can learn a lot from developers on working smarter with tools they have used for years.


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5 Gift Ideas for the Technologist in Your Life

Skip the guides for dog-lovers and coffee-drinkers. This Valentine’s Day we are celebrating the sometimes hard-to-shop-for technologist. Read this blog for a few gift ideas from the Spanning Backup team ranging from stickers to books and fun apps.


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[Infographic] Employees are Cyber Secure in Theory, But Not in Practice

Cybersecurity is a top priority for organizations. All it takes to infect a network or steal valuable data, is one wrong click by an employee. While employees seem to have good knowledge of basic cybersecurity practices, there are considerable security blind spots which leave the employee and organization vulnerable to breaches. Spanning helps to identify red flags and vulnerabilities in security awareness training for employees.


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6 Tips for Success When Changing Tech Roles

If you (or someone you know) is thinking of making a major tech career pivot, Matthew McDermott’s story might help. After 20 years of working in Austin as a consultant, starting with web technology then landing on SharePoint and Office 365, he made a pivot recently to work for Spanning Cloud Apps in Austin, Texas. Read his latest blog post for his personal advice on starting a new job.


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Spear-Phishing: The Smart Malware

“Spear-phishing” is a smart phishing mechanism that is an increasingly popular and virulent malware vector. Understand its devastating effect on organizations worldwide and get pointers to safeguard your organization against it.


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5 Things Every MSP Should Know About HIPAA

There is no official “certification” in HIPAA recognized by the Federal government, therefore MSPs who work with healthcare providers or payers need to educate themselves on HIPAA compliance. Here are the top 5 things MSPs should know about HIPAA.


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New Custom Alerts Notify Salesforce Admins of Data At-Risk

Spanning Backup for Salesforce offers custom alerts for anomalies that point to potential data loss risk, as part of Spanning’s affordable data protection solution for Salesforce. You set alerts to spot unusual activity on specific object types, and the custom alert will automatically notify you of potential trouble. (Even better? There’s no additional cost or tiered pricing for this new feature.)


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SharePoint Online Data Protection: Why It’s Needed Now

SharePoint admins need to understand that the same risks for data loss due to accidental or malicious deletions apply to SharePoint Online content associated in Sites, OneDrive, Groups, and Teams. The native protections Microsoft offers don’t meet the need for fast, accurate recovery in those scenarios, as you’ll learn in this blog post by Matthew McDermott, Microsoft MVP.


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Why Westland Real Estate Group Chose Spanning Backup for G Suite

More than 58% of malware attacks target small and mid-sized businesses, including those using G Suite. While Google provides robust security within its infrastructure and in G Suite, Google cannot protect you from errors at your end — including malware, or data loss due to inadvertent error or malicious activity. Spanning customer Westland Real Estate Group learned this the hard way when they were attacked by ransomware a few years ago.


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Healthcare IT Continues to Struggle with Backup Strategies

Improving IT security, reducing IT costs and delivering higher service levels are among the top IT priorities for the healthcare industry, according to the Kaseya 2018 State of IT Operations survey report. Are the right measures, however, being taken by the industry to secure this data?


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